Exhibition documents the story of golf in Scotland
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Scotland's importance to the story of golf is one of the themes explored in the National Library of Scotland's major exhibition in 2010.
'A swing through time' draws on historical items to help tell why an ordinary ball and stick game took off in Scotland at least as far back as 1457.
Modern trophies, alongside documents and artefacts from the intervening centuries, show how the game of golf developed into today's multi-million pound industry.
The exhibition coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Open Championship. Among the many exhibits, visitors can see:
- The earliest 'Rules of golf', drawn up by Leith golfers in 1744
- The first minute book of the world's oldest golf club
- The Act of Parliament of 1457 banning golf and football
- Sandy Lyle's Claret Jug, won at the Open in Sandwich in 1985.
The golf exhibition is free and open daily, running from 18 June to 14 November.
18 June 2010
Rare showing of panto films with live rediscovered music
A special concert in Glasgow will bring together rare films and rediscovered music from the 1920s and '30s.
Hosted by Scottish actress Elaine C Smith, the 'Pantomime in Scotland' event will take the audience back to the golden age of Scottish theatre. Accompanying silent films from the 1930s and '40s will be the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, playing music that has not been heard for over 60 years.
The films from the Scottish Screen Archive feature comedy sketches, dancing girls and popular stars of the time. They capture performances by the likes of Harry Gordon and George West, who played in Scotland's favourite theatres.
Tickets for the screening at Woodside Hall, Glasgow, on Thursday 24 June cost £3. There are two showings: 2.30pm and 7.30pm. To reserve tickets, phone 0141 287 5810, or pay at the door on the night (subject to availability).
This one-off event is a result of a 3-year Pantomine in Scotland research project. The Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland has been one of the project's partner organisations.
16 June 2010
Scottish Screen Archive films at international festival
An Edinburgh International Film Festival celebration of Scottish film-making features footage from the National Library of Scotland's collections.
The event on Wednesday 23 June at the Filmhouse Cinema explores how Scottish film-makers have been tempting and influencing audiences since the early days of cinema.
Films from the Scottish Screen Archive at NLS show how they have portrayed Scotland's rich cultural and political heritage. Footage ranges from the abstemious Temperance movement to the first filmed sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. Afterwards there will be an open discussion with some of the film-makers.
Visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival website for tickets and other information.
16 June 2010
Schools resource highlights Victorian self-help 'heroes'
Supporting the school curriculum in Scotland is a new a learning resource focusing on qualities displayed by self-help 'heroes'.
Florence Nightingale, James Watt and David Livingstone are among figures from the 19th century whose story is told in 'Heroes: The splendid insights of Mr Smiles'.
Each of the 8 stories demonstrates a characteristic celebrated by Victorian author Samuel Smiles in his bestselling book, 'Self help'. Smiles highlighted people he regarded as being an inspiration through qualities like perseverance, duty and courage.
Graphic-novel style animations help demonstrate 'the hero factor' in each story, and the teachers' area includes downloadable resources for primary and secondary schools. Source material comes from the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland.
2 June 2010
Focus on Scottish Christian missions overseas
A display on overseas missions of Scottish Presbyterian churches opened today at the National Library of Scotland.
Journals, letters and photographs relating to a selection of missionaries from the 19th and 20th centuries give us a glimpse of challenges they faced in the various locations they travelled to. Evangelism was an integral part of Scottish missions, but education and medicine played an important role in missionary work.
Mary Slessor, Jane Haining, Robert Laws and Alexander Duff - the Church of Scotland's first missionary - are some of those featured in the small exhibition.
Much of the material on display comes from the Church of Scotland World Missions Council archive, held at NLS since 1953. The Scottish overseas missions display is open daily until 30 June. See display page for opening times.
2 June 2010